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This post contains several great movie suggestions.  For a newer, much longer list of movie and TV show recommendations, please see Wholesome, Uplifting and Clean Movies – The Master List! and Wholesome, Uplifting and Clean TV Shows – Huge List!  Both of these lists will be updated frequently, so check them often for new recommendations!

It can be challenging to sift through the garbage on TV to find something clean that leaves you feeling inspired and entertained.  I hope my recommended top 15 inspiring and clean movies to watch on Netflix will help!

The Top 15 Inspiring Clean Movies to Watch on Netflix.


When my husband and I don’t get the opportunity to go out on a weekend date, we instead look forward to putting the kids to bed and watching a good flick together.  However, time and time again, this scene plays out and our frustrations raise.

Scroll through Netflix, agree on a movie, push play . . . too cheesy, too boring, too inappropriate, whoops – didn’t want to see that . . . 30 minutes later . . . . still haven’t found a good, clean and inspiring movie to watch.

Does anyone relate??

It’s no secret that finding a clean wholesome movie is a challenge these days (especially on streaming subscription services, like Netflix), and if you do find one rated PG or less, they are often low-budget films and not extremely well done.


But through determination and moved to action by sweet comments full of gratitude left on my “Top 10 Clean Feel-Good TV Shows to watch on Netflix” post, I wanted to sift through the current Netflix MOVIES available and find the best ones for you all.  These are the ones I found most inspiring, entertaining and had an overall message that made me want to be a better person.  I’ve also tried to provide a range of ideas and topics in my choices.

I encourage you to still give my recommended TV Shows a try when you are looking for a series of shows, but if you just need a good clean movie to watch by yourself or with your loved ones, I hope these will give you a good starting point.

All of the following are rated TV-PG, but I always have to note that “clean” is relative.  What may be offensive to you may not be offensive to me, or vice versa.  My main goal for this post was to find movies with inspiring content, void of excessive use of profanity, violence, and graphic intimacy scenes.  With all, I would recommend “parental guidance” as the rating suggests before letting children view it.

And please, please, PLEASE leave your recommendations below in the comments.  It is so helpful to share with everyone, as I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones in my search!


I’ve also created a printable list of my 15 inspiring and clean Netflix movie recommendations, so you can download and save them to a device, or print them for easy access to great shows to watch.

Because when it is movie night, the last thing you want to do is waste time searching and searching.  Of course, you can always come back here to this post, but I hope having the summed-up list at your disposal makes it easier to work at finding a movie to watch.

15 inspiring and clean movies on netflix

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The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

I’m starting with The Great Gilly Hopkins because it was probably my favorite.  Few hearts inspire me more than those who can love another’s child unconditionally.  This story finds a teenage girl, Gilly, struggling in the foster care system and leads through her struggles with caring and enduring souls.

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

This is Disney’s little secret!  It may appear that the game of Chess brought a family out of poverty, but it was the good hearts of all those who loved her and sacrificed time and opportunity to see children succeed.  So Inspiring!

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

Fascinating filming and a historically captivating story – The Young Victoria gives you a glimpse of her majestic and challenging life.  Watch this and then head over to Amazon Prime to binge-watch a “Victoria” series.

Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

You can never go wrong with Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman, and I love it when they appear in clean movies.  Steve takes on the role of “Noah” as in “Noah of the Ark” to save society and his family.  Humor and inspiration at its best.  Perhaps a little cheesy, but with Steve, that’s acceptable.

Walt Before Mickey

Walt before Disney, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

We all know the success of Disney, but it was inspiring to discover his life’s work came with many many preceding failures.  A movie that will encourage all viewers to dream and persevere.

Viceroy’s House

Viceroy's House, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

I first watched it because I saw a familiar “Downton Abbey” face, but became fascinated to learn a little bit about the history of Great Britain’s involvement in India.  I’m not a history buff, but if I can learn a bit in an inspiring show about leadership and integrity, then I call that a win!

Martian Child

Martian Child, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

This show is a little dated, but worth the watch or re-watch.  A man who finds himself single again after his wife’s death decides to pursue their dream of helping a child without a home.  Great acting and a heartwarming story.

Waffle Street

Waffle Street, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

Admittedly, this is a little slow, but I’m drawn to stories of people working hard to fulfill dreams.  This is a story of an incredibly smart man, who finds himself at the bottom of the food chain and aspiring to work his way up, one waffle at a time.

High Strung

High Strung, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

You rarely find a dance show that is not too provocative and sensual.  I thought High Strung did a beautiful job at inspiring the art of music and dance, without the garbage.  I wasn’t aiming for romantic shows for this list, but I was so inspired by the dedication to work hard at one’s talents and the incredible performances.

August Rush

August Rush, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

I’m sure you’ve seen this and already love it.  Seeing how there are fewer and fewer big-box office clean shows left on Netflix, I thought August Rush was so well done, it is worth watching again and again.  It’s also one that gets recommended to me over and over when I ask for good clean shows to watch.

Heart of the Country

Heart of the Country, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

Jana Kramer does a great job at singing and acting in this show.  It’s your typical storyline of going back home to discover yourself again, but it’s a good one!

A Boy Called PO

A Boy Called PO a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

PO, a boy with Autism, and his father struggle to move on with life after the death of his mother.  This one is a bit slow going as well, but I was inspired by the determination of the Father to always try to do what was best for his son.  Any show that opens my eyes and heart to those who struggle with unique challenges is inspirational to me.

Storm Rider

Storm Rider, clean inspiring movie on Netflix

I just had to throw in the typical story of the struggling teen finding herself at a families Ranch to straighten up her life.  I’m convinced I need a few horses or my kids won’t make it through high school ;). This one is not too cheesy and could stand up to a Hallmark film any day.

A Little Game

A Little Game, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

A Little Game was unique and upbeat, and I found the positivity of the little girl encouraging.  A great one for you or your young kids to learn a little about Chess and life at the same time.

Bright Star

  Bright Star, a clean inspiring movie on Netflix

I was pleased to find a Jane Austen-era-type movie that was clean, so I wanted to share Bright Star.  Yes, more of a love story than I was aiming for, but I still felt inspired by their endearing love.  But you wanna know what inspired me?  The beautiful old home, the old world wall treatments, the blue, the white, the contrast, the flowing lines, the florals.  To my decor-loving friends – you will be so inspired!!!

There you have it!

I hope you’ve got at least a few you are excited to watch.  I’d be so appreciative if you would pin this post and share this list with your friends and family, as I hope to pass along a message to our entertainment suppliers that we are all desperate for more clean and uplifting things to watch!

I’ve written a few more posts on good clean movies and TV shows, so be sure to check out my other recommendations.

The Top 10 Clean Feel-Good TV Shows to Watch on the Hallmark Channel

The Top 10 Clean Feel-Good TV Shows to Watch on Hallmark


The top 10 clean, feel good TV shows to watch on NETFLIX.


The Top 10 Clean Feel-Good TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime.


The Top 10 TV Shows for Kids That Teach Good Things on Netflix


The top 15 Christmas movies to watch on Netflix online streaming. Updated list for Christmas 2016.

Thank you!

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  1. We just watched Bank of Dave on Netflix. There is one use of the f-word, but it’s otherwise clean, uplifting, and has a good message

  2. Many movies you listed are no longer in Netflix, and it’s November 4, 2023. Need to warn people about that, wasted my time and energy looking for them.

  3. You MUST watch Forgotten Love. Even my husband enjoyed that one and he’s gotten picky. There are a couple of love scenes but they are tastefully done in comparison with most movies of today.

  4. Thanks for sharing this helpful post with us, I found this post very informative. Hope this will help a lot for newbies. Hope you will continue writing well and share with us. I always follow your post and learned lots of things.

  5. Hy,
    This is awesome! I was looking for Netflix movies
    and having a hard time because every time
    I thought I had a good one it would go half
    way through then start showing nudity.
    It is so frustrating to watch half a movie
    then start over again.
    You are an answer to prayer! Thanks again sweet lady! ☺

  6. Thanks for the recommendations I will be watching this movies as soon as I close my browser!
    Keep up the great work!

  7. REALLY GREAT INSPIRING AND CLEAN MOVIES TO WATCH ON NETFLIX. I am going to watch these movies on Netflix.

  8. A good clean movie I think you will enjoy on Netflix
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society

  9. Great list! The Martian Child is one of my favorites.;) ‘Tis true that is often hard to find good clean family comedies nowadays- especially on Netflix. Cause like said, not everyone wants to see objectionable content. Thanks again so much for sharing!

  10. Not sure if it is on Netflix, but another amazing movie that would fit this list is Temple Grandin with Claire Danes. It is inspiring and educational. My kids loved it and we all learned from it! 🙂 Thanks for the great list.

  11. Hello and thank you for your blessings you give to others. One of my recent favorites with Diane Keaton is on Netflix called Five floors up or Five Stories Up, I really enjoyed.

  12. I couldn’t find most of these films on Netflix. Unfortunately, it seems some are no longer available.

  13. I found a great way to not even see the titles of movies you’d never want to allow in your home. Just go to Netflix settings, using your password, under profiles set it on Teens: This will keep out TV-MA and R rated movies. It leaves in PG-13 and TV-14 shows. It also filters out shows that are nit rated.

  14. This is awesome! I was looking for Netflix movies and having a hard time because every time I thought I had a good one it would go half way through then start showing nudity. It is so frustrating to watch half a movie then start over again. You are an answer to prayer! Thanks again sweet lady! ☺

  15. You have no idea how excited I am to PIN and start watching these shows. Seems like we muddle through so many only to turn it off after 10 minutes even when the rating shows TV14 and our eyes have already seen things the Lord doesn’t want for us. Thank you thank you thank you! Did I mention how excited I was! Yippee!

  16. I LOVE this list! I haven’t heard of most of these movies so this is really exciting for me. Lol. Also – an addition: one of my all time favorites that seems to be sort of a sleeper – “Dan in Real Life”. Also with Steve Carrell. Have you seen it? I watch it about once a month. It’s sweet and funny and inspiring.

    1. I LOVE Dan in Real Life! It is my favorite all-time movie! I have seen it 17 times but I didn’t know it was on Netflix! I’ll have to check.

  17. Thanks i am grateful to you for all the hard work you did for me. I agree i don’t like what they even show on tv is awful these days. I know you are too young to remember Walton’s Mountain, or maybe you don’t like it but it is my favorite show. The family , their relationship to each other, their home , it is a warm and great series.